Film News Roundup: Olivia Wilde to Direct Holiday Comedy for Universal

Variety | 7/19/2019 | Dave McNary
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In today’s film news roundup, Olivia Wilde has landed another directing gig following “Booksmart” and revenge thriller “Seaside” and “Woodstock: The Directors Cut” get August release dates.

Olivia Wilde will direct and produce an untitled holiday comedy project for Universal Pictures with her “Booksmart” partner Katie Silberman.

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Universal outbid five other studios for the duo’s pitch. Silberman will write the screenplay and also produce.

Wilde directed “Booksmart” in her helming debut from a script by Silberman and three other writers. The coming-of-age comedy has grossed $22 million domestically since its May 24 release by United Artists and has a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Wilde is currently in production on Clint Eastwood’s “The Ballad of Richard Jewell.” Silberman’s past projects include “Set It Up,” “Isn’t it Romantic” and the upcoming “Most Dangerous Game.” Universal’s Sara Scott and Lexi Barta will oversee development of the project.

Wilde is represented by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham LLP. Silberman is represented by MXN Entertainment and Maymar Greenspan. The news was first reported by Deadline.

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Gravitas Ventures has acquired Sam Zalutsky’s revenge thriller “Seaside” for a digital release on Aug. 20.

The movie is Zalutsky’s second feature film following his psychological horror movie “You Belong to Me.” Tony nominee Ariana DeBose makes her feature film debut in “Seaside.” An original cast member in Broadway’s “Hamilton,” DeBose will be seen next as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” remake.

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